Embankment Ends : Docks Developed
Thursday 13 January 2022
Puddle, Mermaid and Kings Ferry (2)
Historically, the life-blood of London was to be found in docks and wharves on the north back, lining the river with bustling trade all the way from Somerset House to the Tower of London and beyond. By the 19th century much of this area was run down and sordid; it spoiled the view from the Duke of Westminster's posh housing and office blocks that lay along the line of The Strand.
So the grand plan was to build an embankment which would protect the property, remove the grot and "contain" the unruly Thames!
Started in 1862, the Victoria Embankment starting from Millbank on the north bank was primarily designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette with architectural work on the embankment wall and river stairs by Charles Henry Driver. It incorporates Joe's revolutionary interceptor sewer, and an underground railway over which a wide road and riverside walkway were built and run today, shored up by the sturdy retaining wall along the tidal River Thames.
Below, a cross section of the Embankment at Charing Cross station.
Here is Somerset House today!
It is clearly labelled on the 1746 map.
Meanwhile In TSY Towers ...
Needless to say, the sainted Traveline, managed by TSY, is also wrong! You can still catch an X57 from Sheffield to Manchester.
IT'S ALL ON LINE
Hornby's Oddity Collection
Having recently released their OO model of the LNER turbine powered loco ...
Final Puddle blog (and extras) : Friday 14th January